Monday, March 31, 2008

Young Adult Catholics

Young Adults are the future of the Church, that's a given. But where are they? Are they staying with the faith or leaving. Why are they staying or leave.

This article introduces a new book on the subject:

Evangelizing Youth in a Secularized World

ROME, MARCH 30, 2008 ( With the July date for World Youth Day approaching, the event brings to the fore again the question of how best the Church can convey the Gospel message to young men and women.

Speaking to the bishops of Japan last Dec. 17 during their five-yearly visit to Rome, Benedict XVI warned how young people risk being deceived by modern secular culture.

"If their youthful energy and enthusiasm can be directed toward the things of God, which alone are sufficient to satisfy their deepest longings, more young people will be inspired to commit their lives to Christ," the Pope commented.

Achieving this, of course, is far from easy. A useful analysis of the prevailing culture and mentality among young people came in the recently published book, "After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty- and Thirty-Somethings are Shaping the Future of American Religion" (Princeton University Press).

Authored by Robert Wuthnow, professor of sociology and director of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, the book starts by noting that younger adults number more than 100 million in the United States.


Pope Benedict's XVI message to the youth:

Pope Urges Youth to Form Friendship With Christ

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